COVID-19 Pandemic Adds To Ethical Issues In Global Supply Chains

21 Oct 2020 11:13 AM | Monique Fenech

Sydney: 21 October 2020: On Global Ethics Day, the Professional Accreditation Body for Supply Chain Management is urging Australian business leaders to heed its poll results and encourage staff to be Registered under its Scheme for access to an Ethics Management Program.

Supply chain leaders participated in a poll this month for Global Ethics Day and 94% sited at least one unethical issue in their supply chain when presented with the following options: 

  • COVID-19 (68%)
  • Misconduct (19%)
  • Black Market (16%)
  • Bribery (13%)
  • Modern slavery (9%)
  • Discrimination (6%)
  • Child labour (9%) 
  • Food fraud (9%)

According to Alexandra Riha, President, Australasian Supply Chain Institute, COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing unethical issues, leaving supply chain managers feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities for their end to end global supply chains.

“While 60%said they had access to resources such as experts; supplier visibility; external assistance;  and legal advice; 16% said the resources did not allow appropriate confidentiality to protect them and 40% said did not have adequate access to resources. 

“As the professional accreditation body for supply chain management, ASCI offers those who are Registered under its Professional Accreditation Scheme access to an Ethics Management Program, including a Code of Conduct, for confidential third party resources to be well informed and help escalate unethical behaviour in supply chains,” she said.

In line with the Global Ethics Day theme “Ethics In Action” Ms Riha encourages business leaders to empower their supply chain staff to be Registered under the ASCI Professional Accreditation Scheme for free access to the Ethics Management Program which consists of the ASCI Code of Ethics and supported by a comprehensive complaints management process that provides guidance.

ASCI's Professional Accreditation Scheme provides industry-wide standards and consistency in the profession. This Professional Accreditation Scheme, through which individuals can register as Professionals, Practitioners and Associates, provides recognition of professional achievement against a globally aligned, industry accepted set of standards, on par with other professional disciplines.

There are nine Registrations under the Professional Accreditation Scheme:

1.   Registered Professional (PrSCM)*

2.   Registered Operations Practitioner (RegPracOps)

3.   Registered Procurement Practitioner (RegPractProc)

4.   Registered Logistics Practitioner (RegPracLog)

5.   Registered ILS Practitioner (RegPracILS)

6.   Registered Operations Associate (RegAssocOps)

7.   Registered Procurement Associate (RegAssocProc)

8.   Registered Logistics Associate (RegAssocLog)

9.   Registered ILS Associate (RegAssocILS)

Registration is coupled with a Continued Professional Development Program for ongoing professional learning and Registration maintenance. An upcoming webinar series, hosted by the ASCI Ethics Committee, will highlight the benefits of the Ethics Management Program and how to access it by becoming Registered in the Scheme. 

The ASCI2021 annual conference theme “Supply Chain Vision In the Decade For Action” addresses ethics in the supply chain, with an international keynote from United Nations and resonating themes throughout the three day conference. 

The United Nations’ “Decade for Action” calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges ranging from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality and closing the finance gap,” says Ms Riha.“Our global supply chains are not immune to these challenges and have their own set of sensitivities to global political, economic, geographic and social climates.  

“Our annual conference, scheduled for February 2021 in Western Sydney, will provide clarity around what is expected of supply chain managers and what the priorities are to act and lead a future-proof global supply chain into the new decade. 

“ASCI is committed to its mission to professionalise supply chain management and invites all supply chain practitioners to be registered by 2021,” said Ms Riha.


*Coming in 2025

About Australasian Supply Chain Institute

The Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), is the not-for-profit Professional Accreditation Body for Supply Chain Management In Australia. 

Drawing from its 65 year heritage, ASCI has developed a professional framework to the requirements of the Professional Standards Authority and runs a Professional Accreditation Scheme that makes available registration to the entire supply chain management community in Australia.

ASCI provides access to a Continued Professional Development program, including global industry certifications, webinars, events, podcasts, research and resources for registration maintenance and professional learning.

To find out more about Registration, click here.

To register to the upcoming free webinar click here.

To register to ASCI2021 Annual Conference “Supply Chain Vision In The Decade For Action, click here.

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